The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown
with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
(MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.
Wandering the streets of Capitola village is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what inspiring vista, quirky street art, or tasty eatery you’re going to stumble upon as you explore. Colorful murals turn a neighborhood alley into a mini outdoor gallery, a pelican sculpture watches over a garden overgrown with wildflowers, and hidden stairways lead to spectacular bird’s-eye-views of the maze of houses and shops that hug the glittering blue Monterey Bay below.
If you think antique shopping means picking out cozies for grandma’s tea kettle, you should take a closer look. Today’s antique shops are frequented by contemporary interior designers, Etsy fans, and hip young folks looking for that perfect vintage score. Whether you’re redoing a living space or simply looking for that perfect cozy day activity, these four stops will deliver the retro goods.
Photo by @lizkroft_sc_realtor
The holidays are supposed to be a time for slowing down and enjoying the company of good friends and family, but it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Christmas shopping, decorating, gift exchanges, holiday work mixers, baking, party planning, and everything else that comes with making the holidays bright. And then there’s the extra stress at work as you try to get everything done before your vacation. Phew. It’s enough to turn the best of us into a real grinch and just hibernate until January.